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Centres and groups

The Centre for the Study on Rapid Global Change

The Centre for the Study on Rapid Global Change (CSRGC) at the University of Waterloo is a centre for research on sources of political, economic, social and environmental changes. It focuses on problems of global significance with an emphasis on state and societal responses to financial and humanitarian crises and intervention. The research also covers area studies that include middle and small power states with robust diplomacy and competitive economies.

The current research projects of the CSRGC include the Middle Powers revisited project with an emphasis on the MIST countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Korea and Turkey), and traditional states in this category (Canada, Australia and European countries) as well as diverse forms of unconventional diplomacy. The Middle State project has received financial support from the University of Waterloo’s International Research Partnership Grant and Yonsei University/Asan, Seoul Korea.

The centre includes academics with expertise in the subject areas of CSRGC’s research focuses related to diplomacy, development, political economy and security studies. The centre is affiliated with the department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and is housed at Hagey Hall. Graduate students have the opportunity to work as researchers at CSRGC.

Visit the Centre for the Study on Rapid Global Change website.

Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)

WatPEG is designed to bring together faculty and graduate students in the Waterloo region interested in the study of political economy. The group gathers for regular informal meetings throughout the year to hear guest talks and presentations and to exchange research findings and ideas.

Read more about the Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG).

Courts & Politics Research Group

The Courts & Politics Research Group is composed of scholars who study courts, constitutions, and the law from a political science perspective. It is designed to connect political scientists in the region of Southern Ontario, and currently has members from Brock University, the University of Guelph, McMaster University, Queen's University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Windsor.

The goal of the group is to bring together faculty and graduate students in meetings, workshops, and the occasional conference in order to communicate the latest research findings in the subfield, provide feedback on works-in-progress, foster collaboration, and generate knowledge. 

Visit the Courts & Politics Research Group website.